|Egg Island Wildlife Management Area|
This WMA is a vast, windswept salt marsh, dotted with hummocks of cedar trees, bayberry bushes, sumac, and common reeds. Numerous tidal creeks await the explorer, crabber, or angler. There is a large pond in the middle of the tract, accessible only by boat, the wintering waterfowl find attracti...
William D. and Jane C. Blair, Jr., Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
|Description: Recognized as one of the East Coast’s premier birding hot spots, fall migration in Cape May is spectacular. Thousands of raptors, shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl pass through the refuge on their way south.|
Wildlife to Watch: A mile of underdeveloped beachfront is used by the endangered piping plover and least tern for nesting. Behind the dune, the wetlands offer resting and nesting spots for a variety of other birds. In the fall, look for some of the smaller migrants in addition to raptors and waterfowl. Migrating dragonflies and butterflies, including monarchs on their way to Central America, use the Cape May peninsula as a resting area.
Special Tips: Please stay on marked trails, and cross-dunes only at crossovers. Nesting birds are vulnerable.
Other Activities: An observation platform, located 800 feet from the parking lot, overlooks freshwater and brackish wetlands. The beach is an easy 0.3-mile walk from the parking lot. Hiking the 1-mile loop trail takes you through meadows and wetlands, past mud flats, and along the beachfront.
Ownership: The Nature Conservancy
Size: 271 acres
Closest Town: Cape May Point
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: